The Transfiguration of Jesus   1 comment

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Above:  Church of the Transfiguration, Mt. Tabor, Palestine, Between 1920 and 1933

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/mpc2004006341/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-06264

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Matt. 17, 1-8

1.  Place and conditions.  On the mountain at night while Jesus prays.  His divinity shines out till his garments look white as snow.  His humanity is perfected out of and by the divine.

2.  Moses and Elijah appear and talk with him.  Why these two?  Moses the lawgiver and Elijah the greatest of the prophets testify to his superiority of Moses & [his role as] the fulfiller of all prophecy.  Law and prophecy converge in and upon him.

3.  They talk of his death–of his exodus.  His death meets every demand of the law and fulfills every requirement and detail of prophecy, e.g., Jesus’ talk to the two en route to Emmaus.  Heaven’s interest in his death thus is shown by two messengers therefrom.  Three worlds are mightily concerned in his death.

4.  For the good of the disciples and all the world the Father speaks:  “This is my beloved Son…hear him.”

5.  Two teachings:

(1)  Immortality.  Moses & Elijah still live.  Our dead “in the Lord are not dead!

(2)  Chiefly is taught his divinity.  His glory, divine nature, bursts forth and the Father declares who he is.  Hear Him, all the earth.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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